While in Adoration….

Posted: March 16, 2019 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys, Personal Thoughts & Reflections

While in Adoration…

Thought I would go excitedly to share with the Lord my little adventure of helping to push some elderly folks from the home for an outdoor breakfast at the food centre. And thank Him for giving me the opportunity to do so. However as I began to pray, I saw myself at this morning’s Eucharist receiving the Lord in my hand. Yes I found that it was a little strange but I did not think too much of it at the time.

You see two priests co-celebrated mass, the medium sized consecrated host was broken into half and each priest took a piece. They then broke off a smaller piece each to consume while the rest they broke into smaller pieces and placed them into the ciborium. Father had given me such a piece, it was triangular with the pointed side placed downward and got caught between the recess of my index and middle finger and so it stood up as those I had been pierced. This now brought me to reflect on how our Blessed mother’s heart was pierced, by the cruel punishment and death of her son Jesus Christ who died to take away our sins. Who now nourishes us by His body in the very Eucharist that was in my hand. Then I saw the upward thrust of the same very Eucharist in my hand, the reverse side of the triangle of His love fanned out for the whole world! The love of the Holy trinity outpoured. Then came the consolations flowing down in waves! Thank You Jesus, praise You Jesus. Amen

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: March 16, 2019 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys

Blessed, anointed, set apart that is our call to faithfulness to and in the Lord our God. A call to be perfect as our Heavenly Father is perfect.

Can we then love the stranger the same way we love our family? Can we choose to love those who hurt us? Can we welcome and embrace the outcast in society? Can we help those who cannot help themselves? If we call ourselves Christians, disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ them the answers must be Yes! For we indeed have a higher calling as children of God our Father.

To answer the call to Holiness is allow ourselves to be fully united with the Lord our God. For it is only through our Lord Jesus Christ that our love for Him and brethren is perfected. Only through Him can we love the way we should and put that love into action.

O Lord You are the Potter and I am the clay. Perfect what is lacking in me Lord that I may glorify You always in all I say and do. Amen

First reading

Deuteronomy 26:16-19 †
You will be a people consecrated to the Lord

Moses said to the people: ‘The Lord your God today commands you to observe these laws and customs; you must keep and observe them with all your heart and with all your soul.
‘You have today made this declaration about the Lord: that he will be your God, but only if you follow his ways, keep his statutes, his commandments, his ordinances, and listen to his voice. And the Lord has today made this declaration about you: that you will be his very own people as he promised you, but only if you keep all his commandments; then for praise and renown and honour he will set you high above all the nations he has made, and you will be a people consecrated to the Lord, as he promised.’

Gospel

Matthew 5:43-48
Pray for those who persecute you

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘You have learnt how it was said: You must love your neighbour and hate your enemy. But I say this to you: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you; in this way you will be sons of your Father in heaven, for he causes his sun to rise on bad men as well as good, and his rain to fall on honest and dishonest men alike. For if you love those who love you, what right have you to claim any credit? Even the tax collectors do as much, do they not? And if you save your greetings for your brothers, are you doing anything exceptional? Even the pagans do as much, do they not? You must therefore be perfect just as your heavenly Father is perfect.’

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: March 15, 2019 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys

With the recent scandals and the word ‘Catholic’ linked to them, how can we not feel dismayed? How can we not feel for the victims? How can we not be a little outraged ourselves? But one thing we Must Not do is be ashamed of our Catholic faith. Our faith and love in our Lord Jesus Christ is what prevents us from falling into such sins and worse ones. We need to be steadfast in our prayers, always deepening our relationship with Jesus and living His Word. Awake and on guard, for evil lurks to trip us!

Our merciful Lord Jesus Christ forgave us all our sins from the cross in which He hung. Therefore turn to Him always, in our weaknesses, our hurts, our pains. Let His mercy and grace be upon us so that we can love as He loves, forgive as He forgives. I must carry my cross, you must carry yours. We must carry our crosses otherwise we will be crushed under the weight of it. Amen

First reading

Ezekiel 18:21-28 †
I prefer to see the wicked man renounce his wickedness and live

Thus says the Lord:
‘If the wicked man renounces all the sins he has committed, respects my laws and is law-abiding and honest, he will certainly live; he will not die. All the sins he committed will be forgotten from then on; he shall live because of the integrity he has practised. What! Am I likely to take pleasure in the death of a wicked man – it is the Lord who speaks – and not prefer to see him renounce his wickedness and live?
‘But if the upright man renounces his integrity, commits sin, copies the wicked man and practises every kind of filth, is he to live? All the integrity he has practised shall be forgotten from then on; but this is because he himself has broken faith and committed sin, and for this he shall die. But you object, “What the Lord does is unjust.” Listen, you House of Israel: is what I do unjust? Is it not what you do that is unjust? When the upright man renounces his integrity to commit sin and dies because of this, he dies because of the evil that he himself has committed. When the sinner renounces sin to become law-abiding and honest, he deserves to live. He has chosen to renounce all his previous sins; he shall certainly live; he shall not die.’

Gospel

Matthew 5:20-26
Anyone who is angry with his brother will answer for it

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘If your virtue goes no deeper than that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never get into the kingdom of heaven.
‘You have learnt how it was said to our ancestors: You must not kill; and if anyone does kill he must answer for it before the court. But I say this to you: anyone who is angry with his brother will answer for it before the court; if a man calls his brother “Fool” he will answer for it before the Sanhedrin; and if a man calls him “Renegade” he will answer for it in hell fire. So then, if you are bringing your offering to the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar, go and be reconciled with your brother first, and then come back and present your offering. Come to terms with your opponent in good time while you are still on the way to the court with him, or he may hand you over to the judge and the judge to the officer, and you will be thrown into prison. I tell you solemnly, you will not get out till you have paid the last penny.’

Missing… Something

Posted: March 14, 2019 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: March 14, 2019 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Is there a problem or challenge too huge for you to handle? So desperate that there seems to be no one who can help? The good news is that we have a God bigger than any of our problems put together! A listening heart which is always present to His faithful children.

I once use to question if the Lord truly answered prayers? Why then have I prayed so hard and nothing happens? Over the years I have learnt that it was my faith that was lacking. I prayed with my lips not with my heart. I prayed for what, how and when I wanted my prayers to be answered and not by submitting myself to His Holy will, letting the Lord my God be God in my life.

Today I pray with all my heart and soul, fervently and as frequently as I possibly can. I pray as a child who knows He is loved, to His Heavenly Father. Then wait and watch for the goodness of the Lord my God to unfold. Like when He grants His peace and warmly embraces the mother who has lost her husband and child. When He shrinks the tumour embedded in the brain of a brother in Christ. When He restores hope and faith in one who became paralysed from the waist down in an accident. When He gathers back His flock of a community which was dwindling to nothingness. When He reconciles family members estranged due to what seemed as irreconcilable differences at the time. The hand of God and His goodness is truly inexhaustible. Amen

First reading

Esther 4:17 †
I am alone, Lord, and have no-one but you

Queen Esther took refuge with the Lord in the mortal peril which had overtaken her. She besought the Lord God of Israel in these words:

‘My Lord, our King, the only one, come to my help, for I am alone and have no helper but you and am about to take my life in my hands.

‘I have been taught from my earliest years, in the bosom of my family, that you, Lord, chose Israel out of all the nations and our ancestors out of all the people of old times to be your heritage for ever; and that you have treated them as you promised.

‘Remember, Lord; reveal yourself in the time of our distress.

‘As for me, give me courage,
King of gods and master of all power. Put persuasive words into my mouth when I face the lion; change his feeling into hatred for our enemy, that the latter and all like him may be brought to their end.

‘As for ourselves, save us by your hand, and come to my help, for I am alone and have no one but you, Lord.’

Gospel

Matthew 7:7-12
Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find

Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For the one who asks always receives; the one who searches always finds; the one who knocks will always have the door opened to him. Is there a man among you who would hand his son a stone when he asked for bread? Or would hand him a snake when he asked for a fish? If you, then, who are evil, know how to give your children what is good, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
‘So always treat others as you would like them to treat you; that is the meaning of the Law and the Prophets.’

Struggling In faith

Posted: March 13, 2019 by CatholicJules in Testimonies

In the waters of uncertainty, this mum chooses to have faith in our Lord Jesus Christ even though at times it is very difficult…

Eugene is an 18 year old teen who had leukemia when he was 14 but now there is a relapse.

This is an update from mum Marilyn..

God’s peace be with us all. I know you have been praying n we are really grateful! Eugene ‘s fever has been persistent and all the test results are negative. It means there is still the opportunistic germs there. With the persistent fever it also goes to show that the antibiotics still have not hit it right. We need the fever to come down. Eugene’s more breathless today n very stress by the many things that went on- his port a cath is not working properly n trying to trouble shot. We need it to work well cos the antibiotics need to go through there. His hand plug is showing signs of over used n today has to set a new one which has been very challenging n painful . With the puffiness on his hands they can not find the vain until they used the ultra sound. Eugene has been in bed for a long period n there is concern with pressure sores as well. Today we were so stressed that I have failed to stand firm n still. I prayed I cried out but not seems to be able to see God’s hand at work. I know I need to be patient but is time on our side? I was distressed n God sent angels to minister to me. Met someone whose baby daughter also has cancer n 7 times scheduled operation failed so mum decided to discharge her n Dr told her if takes baby home, her baby will come back to hospital within days but it has been 2 mths and not back to hospital. She is also a sis in Christ. She said “believe in miracles. God make the blind see, the lame walk! We pray we fight“ Nothing is impossible to God! I surrender n continue to trust in the Lord. Eugene n Declan condition will be like Jesus turn water to wind. By His Word, Eugene n Declan will turn to become the best wine! Alleluia!

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: March 13, 2019 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

We have it in our power to do great evil and it takes far less effort to do so. However it takes mastery of self to be restraint and choose at all times to do good. This mastery comes from a deep awareness that we are children of God so loved by our Heavenly Father from before we were in our mother’s womb.

And His great love for us continued even when we strayed and had turned out backs on Him. The sign of this great love is the cross in which hung our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. An offering at the Altar for the redemption of the world. If anyone looks upon Him and cries out to Him, they are saved.

God our Father chose as He saw fit, Jonah to be His prophet to call His people back to His loving embrace. And the people stubborn as they were listened, change their hearts to be obedient. How and why was Jonah so convincing? Because he was obedient unto the Lord His God, With great faith He allowed the Lord to fill him with His grace, to take away all fears and to speak with the Lord’s authority.

Lord grant me the grace You bestowed on Jonah, so that I too may be an instrument of Your grace to lead those who have strayed back to You. Amen

First reading

Jonah 3:1-10 †
The Ninevites repent, and God spares them

The word of the Lord was addressed a second time to Jonah: ‘Up!’ he said ‘Go to Nineveh, the great city, and preach to them as I told you to.’ Jonah set out and went to Nineveh in obedience to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was a city great beyond compare: it took three days to cross it. Jonah went on into the city, making a day’s journey. He preached in these words, ‘Only forty days more and Nineveh is going to be destroyed.’ And the people of Nineveh believed in God; they proclaimed a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least. The news reached the king of Nineveh, who rose from his throne, took off his robe, put on sackcloth and sat down in ashes. A proclamation was then promulgated throughout Nineveh, by decree of the king and his ministers, as follows: ‘Men and beasts, herds and flocks, are to taste nothing; they must not eat, they must not drink water. All are to put on sackcloth and call on God with all their might; and let everyone renounce his evil behaviour and the wicked things he has done. Who knows if God will not change his mind and relent, if he will not renounce his burning wrath, so that we do not perish?’ God saw their efforts to renounce their evil behaviour, and God relented: he did not inflict on them the disaster which he had threatened.

Gospel

Luke 11:29-32
As Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be a sign

The crowds got even bigger, and Jesus addressed them:
‘This is a wicked generation; it is asking for a sign. The only sign it will be given is the sign of Jonah. For just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation. On Judgement day the Queen of the South will rise up with the men of this generation and condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and there is something greater than Solomon here. On Judgement day the men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation and condemn it, because when Jonah preached they repented; and there is something greater than Jonah here.’